Based on the responses from the survey I sent out last week, many of you seem interested in using digital tools for formative assessment. I know it’s the day before Thanksgiving break, so I’ll keep this quick – but I promise we’ll come back to this topic again in the future, because there are MANY resources to share.
One of my favorite finds of the past few months is Kahoot. I’ve already shared this with a few groups, but it’s worth spreading to the rest of you. Kahoot is a free online service that allows you to create a game-type activity to review or check for understanding. Project the quiz at the front of the room and students respond via any device with a web browser – laptop, desktop, tablet, or smartphone. Quizzes are easy to create and can include multiple choice or discussion questions. The quizzes are timed, but you have control over how much time students have to respond. Students earn points for correct answers, with bonus points for answering faster. (Note: The time factor might be stressful for some students, so you’ll want to consider your learners. You can easily turn this into a partner or small group activity so students can collaborate.) After the quiz is over, you can download a spreadsheet of the responses grouped by question and by student.
The best way to learn about Kahoot is to try it out. Fortunately there are lots of public Kahoots created by other teachers on a wide range of topics. Go to Kahoot and create a free account (it only takes a few seconds). Click on “Public Kahoots” at the top of the page, type a topic in the search bar, and hit “Search”. Chances are you will find a quiz you can use with your students. If not, go back to the top and click on the purple “New K!” button and start creating your own. For those of you who don’t have your own classrooms, this works really well with adults, too!
If you’re already familiar with Kahoot, please add a comment to tell us how you’ve used it. If you try it out soon, let us know how it goes!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!